SVU, Episode 10.09
Production number: 10009
First aired: 2 December 2008
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Benson PTSD
Written By
Judith McCreary

Directed By
Eriq La Salle

Detective Benson struggles with the trauma from her sexual assault as she tries to find the man who murdered a pregnant female U.S. Marine.


SVU clashes with the U.S. Marine Corps over jurisdiction in a case involving the murder in New York of a pregnant soldier, Jessica Crewes, who claimed she was raped in Iraq. During the investigation, Benson has traumatic flashbacks of her sexual assault.


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Olivia: Would you have killed him?
Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: Would you have shot me?
Olivia: I can't answer that, and you deserve to know why… I was sexually assaulted six months ago.
Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: Quit kicking yourself.
Olivia: That's easy to say, and hard to do.
Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: It takes practice. You'll get there.
Fin (to Olivia): What's our next move?
Olivia: Talk to one of the patients from Jessie's support group.
Fin: The shrink won't tell you about the rape. What makes you think she's going to give up her patient list?
Olivia: I don't need it. I already know who to talk to.
Fin: Does anyone else know you're in therapy?
Olivia: No.
Fin: Then they won't hear it from me.
[When Olivia is about to interrogate Pruitt, but Fin stops her]
Fin: That's not going to happen. I can't let you question the suspect.
Olivia: I'm fine, Fin.
Fin: You held your gun to the back of a man's head. Do you have any idea how much trouble you're in?
Olivia: You reported me?
Fin: No. I'm talking about you getting your head together.
Olivia: I am working on it.
Fin: Are you? It seems like you even have issues with your shrink. You need to talk to someone.
Olivia: The only person that I am interested in talking to is the man that raped and killed Jessica Crewes. We need to find that baby.
Fin: If I let you do this, I'm sitting in.
Olivia: Look, I'm okay.
Fin: No, no, no. It's either me or it's Cragen. You choose.
Fin: I get you not wanting people to know that you're in therapy.
Olivia: Yeah, well, I may not have a choice.
Fin: As long as you work at it, the flashbacks will go away. Did for me.
Olivia: You found the baby. He never had a chance, did he?
Cragen: Warner said he was probably dead before he hit the water. She didn't find any fluid in his lungs.
Olivia: Well, that's comforting. I'll let the grandmother know. Maybe she can stitch it on a pillow.
Cragen: Olivia. I want you to take some personal time off.
Olivia: Why?
Cragen: You know why. Just do it.
Olivia: Is that an order, Captain?
Cragen: No. If it was, I'd have to make a notation in your jacket.
Olivia: How much time should I take off?
Cragen: As much as you need.

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Episode scene cards

1 2 3

New York
Police Department
Impound Lot
Monday, September 29

Rape Counseling Center
496 East 30th Street
Monday, September 29

Construction Site
60 Bethune Street
Monday, September 29

4 5 6

Judge Advocate General's
Corps Office
Naval Submarine Base
New London, Connecticut
Monday, September 29

Apartment Building of
Jesse Crewes
75 Avenue D
Wednesday, October 1

Article 32 Hearing
Naval Submarine Base
New London, Connecticut
Wednesday, October 8

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